Jack Sheppard can refer to the name of a historical character featured in a number of works, as well the title of such works, notably plays, based on his life.
Jack Sheppard the character
The story of the infamous British thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard is well known and has led to numerous literary and theatrical works, including a novel called Jack Sheppard by William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) , first published serially published in Bentley's Miscellany from January 1839 to 1840, with a well-known series of illustrations by George Cruikshank (1792-1878).
Among the many plays based on the character are Harlequin Sheppard, a pantomime by John Thurmond (1724), The Prison-Breaker, The Quaker's Opera (performed at Bartholomew Fair in 1725 and 1728), famously of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), Jack Sheppard, The Housebreaker, or London in 1724 by W. T. Moncrieff (1825), Jack Sheppard by J.B. Buckstone (1839), Little Jack Sheppard by Henry Pottinger Stephens and William Yardley (1886) and Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera (1928).
A number of them have been performed in South Africa. To see details (and lists of and South African performances) of plays with other titles under the appropriate entries.
Jack Sheppard a drama in four acts by J.B. Buckstone
The original text
The play opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in October of 1839 and became an extraordinary success for the playwright. It later played at the Bowery Theatre New York in November of 1853. The text was first published in 1840 and again as No LIII of French's Minor Drama (edited by F.C. Wemyss) by Samuel French in 1853.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
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